Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin raised the stakes for the Sweet 16 matchup featuring West Virginia against Kentucky on Thursday.
Gov. Tomblin challenged Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to a friendly wager involving each state’s most prized possessions.
If the Mountaineers pull the upset, Gov. Beshear will send Gov. Tomblin a small selection of fine Kentucky Bourbons. If the Wildcats extend their perfect season to 37-0, Gov. Tomblin will send Gov. Beshear a small basket of West Virginia favorites – including pepperoni rolls, West Virginia spirits and a commemorative Homer Laughlin China plate.“Joanne and I wish both teams the best of luck as they take the court Thursday night in Cleveland,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I look forward to joining fellow alumni, students and fans to cheer on the Mountaineers during what is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting game. Although Kentucky is undefeated this season and is the top ranked team in the country, I have great confidence Coach Bob Huggins and the #PressVirginia defense will find a way to shut down the Wildcats’ high-powered offense.”
The West Virginia University Mountaineers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats will play Thursday, March 26 at 9:45 p.m.